ROY TALAHAFTEWA "The Classic Hopi Overlay Technique"

  • 11 Apr 2014
  • 9:00 AM
  • 13 Apr 2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • Hessen Iron Works, 3230 S Dodge Blvd Unit #6, Tucson, AZ 85713
  • 10


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Notice: Sorry this workshop has filled but please send an email to: Chris Eggers to get on the waiting list. if an opening becomes available you will be notified on a first come first serve basis.

In this 3-day workshop, students will learn the classic Hopi Overlay technique of metalsmithing. The overlay designs are multiple layers of sheet silver with cut-out designs, textured and oxidized recessed surfaces. In addition, the instructor will demonstrate techniques he uses for making stamping tools and do a tufa casting to promote next year's week-long tufa casting workshop.
Beginning students will be introduced to the fundamental materials, processes, and techniques of silversmithing, and those with experience will be able to fine-tune their skills while mastering new techniques. Because students will be working closely with the artist, the workshop is well-suited for students of all levels of experience.
Ancient images often appear in Roy's designs, which speak eloquently of the history and culture of the Hopi Nation. He often combines silver overlay techniques with tufa casting and uses a variety of metals frequently with coral, lapis, onyx, sugulite, pearl and turquiose.

BIO: Roy Talahaftewa is from the Second Mesa village of Shungopovl village on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona, and is a member of the Water Clan.This is where he began his craft watching older silversmiths. He was selected to attend the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe where he was influenced by the design style of renowned sculptor Allan Houser. Perfecting his own designs since the 1970s, he has become an award-winning Hopi artist, recognized world-wide in his own right He uses the symbol for the Waterbug encompassed by two concentric circles as his hallmark. He works in both silver and gold, and he uses both Hopi overlay and tufa casting in his designs. Roy has been receiving major awards for his work since 1981, including Best of Show at the Heard Museum, among many others. Working with the non-profit Hopi Pu'tavi Project, Inc. Roy teaches Hopi youth the art of silversmithing, and he is an active advocate and promoter of Hopi artists at Second Mesa on the reservation.

SKILL LEVEL: Beginning/Intermediate
WORKSHOP FEES: $335.ADC Members/$360. Non-Members

Lab Fee: To Be Announced

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